Cork beat Tipperary in high scoring contest in Pairc Ui Chaoimh

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Cork 2-24 Tipperary 1-25

Cork beat Tipperary at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in an entertaining and high scoring contest on Saturday night. The hosts were full value for the win, but the game was overshadowed by the injury to John O’Dwyer who had to be carried off on a stretcher meaning the game was played past 80 minutes.

Cork led by 1-07 to 0-05 after 15 minutes. Robbie O’Flynn grabbing the Cork goal on 11 minutes. Furthermore, Alan Cadogan and Patrick Horgan added points. Tipperary are not All-Ireland champions for no reason though. They rattled off five in a row. Jason Forde (2), Mark Keogh, John McGrath and Ronan Maher all raising white flags. Tipperary now level with 24 minutes played. Points were exchanged then four times. Paudie Maher as he so often does taking the game by the scruff of the neck to land a couple of nice points from long distance. Tipperary ahead 0-15 to 1-11.

It was Cork that finished the half stronger though. Seamus Harnedy and Darragh Fitzgibbon pointing from play. Patrick Horgan then blasted a penalty past Brian Hogan after Sean O’Brien fouled Robbie O’Flynn. The score at the break 2-13 to 1-15.

The gap was at two points heading into the final quarter of the game. Liam Sheedy deciding to spring Hurler of the Year 2019 Seamus Callanan from the bench. Patrick Horgan landed a massive free from around 80 metres Cork leading 2-19 to 0-22 with 15 minutes left. Horgan extended the gap to four, but Jason Forde and Jake Morris pointed for the Premier men. Patrick Horgan knocked over his first score from play and Cork now led by a goal with 63 minutes played. John McGrath should have had a goal when his ground stroke went over the bar, but the Rebels went four ahead with Darragh Fitzgibbon and Mark Coleman pointing.

Tipperary got a penalty of their own on 68 minutes when Bill Cooper fouled Mark Kehoe. Brian Hogan made the long trip to the opposite end of the field to finish to the roof of the net past Patrick Collins. Tipperary had further goal chances to win the game through McGrath and Callanan. But it was Cork who sealed the win to beat Tipperary with scores from Harnedy and Fitzgibbon in a high scoring contest on Leeside.

Cork: Patrick Collins; Colm Spillane, Sean O’Donoghue, Robert Downey; Chris O’Leary, Tim O’Mahony, Bill Cooper; Damien Cahalane (0-01), Luke Meade (0-01); Seamus Harnedy (0-02), Robbie O’Flynn (1-3), Aidan Walsh (0-01); Alan Cadogan (0-04), Declan Dalton, Patrick Horgan (1-9, 0-08f, 1-00pen).

Subs: Darragh Fitzgibbon (0-02) for Walsh (21), Mark Coleman (0-01) for O’Mahony (27), Conor Lehane for Dalton (47), Shane Kingston for Meade (61).

Tipperary: Brian Hogan (1-00 pen); Joe O’Dwyer, Ronan Maher (0-01, 0-01f), Sean O’Brien; Seamus Kennedy, Paudie Maher (0-03), Alan Flynn (0-01); Paddy Cadell (0-02), Willie Connors; Mark Kehoe (0-04), John McGrath (0-04), Michael Breen; Jason Forde (0-04, 0-03f), Jake Morris (0-02), Cian Darcy (0-02).

Subs: Jerome Cahill (0-01) for Cadell (27), Niall O’Meara (0-01) for Breen (34), Seamus Callanan for Darcy (48), Brian O’Meara for Kennedy (53), John O’Dwyer for Forde (65), Paul Flynn for John O’Dwyer (76).

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